LEVANT, Maine — A two-car accident sent four people to the hospital, closed Route 222 for an hour, and damaged at least two parked vehicles in front of Treworgy Family Orchards on Saturday afternoon.
In all, six people were involved in the 3:45 p.m. accident, which Maine State Police troopers on scene attributed to driver inattention and confusion as one driver was attempting to find an entrance to the popular farm featuring a corn maze, apple picking and pumpkins.
“I think she was just trying to find the entrance and turned, but never saw the pickup truck headed in,” said Sgt. David Millett Jr.
Twenty-two-year-old Mary Beth Kelson of Turner, who was heading west on Route 222 in a 1996 Honda Accord, reportedly attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Pember Road in front of a silver Nissan Titan V8 pickup truck with four occupants — two male and two female — headed east toward Bangor on Route 222.
Both Kelson and her male passenger were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Trooper Doug Franklin said Kelson had minor injuries including cuts, scrapes, bruises and a possible sprained wrist while the male passenger had suffered a head laceration and was still being evaluated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Two female passengers in the pickup were also taken to EMMC. One was still being evaluated at press time and the other opted not to check in.
The force of the nearly head-on collision was enough to spin the Accord at least two complete revolutions before it came to a stop on the side of the main road.
“The driver of the Honda failed to yield right-of-way and was issued a summons,” said Franklin. “Rain and the wet roads were not a factor.”
The 2006 Nissan Titan was driven by 25-year-old Matthew Farley of Corinna.
The male passenger of the Accord was trapped and had to be freed by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the car.
Both vehicles were totaled ,with the bulk of the damage to the pickup in the front while the Accord showed extensive front-end and driver’s-side damage.
Two fire engines and one paramedic vehicle from Levant Fire and Rescue were called to the scene along with four state troopers, two of whom live in the area.